Silmarillion Writers' Guild
|Name:||Silmarillion Writers' Guild|
|Date(s):||March 2005 - present|
|Type:||Fan Fiction Archive|
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The Silmarillion Writers' Guild or SWG was founded in March of 2005 by Dawn Felagund as on Yahoo! Groups and LiveJournal. On April 1, 2007, the webpage debuted and, a few months after that, on June 6, 2007, the archive opened to the public. As of June 2011, the SWG archives more than a thousand stories and has hosted numerous projects in honor of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion, and the fans that keep his world alive. Among these are the yearly Back to Middle-earth Month challenges that take place in March.
The SWG is an automated archive run on the basis of the eFiction script. It accepts all stories that are related to or based on The Silmarillion or its related works, which include all other books by Tolkien that pertain to the events and ideas of The Silmarillion.  It also hosts a reference library with peer-reviewed essays on topics of interest to fans, as well as a growing collection of biographies for many of Tolkien's characters from The Silmarillion.
- March 14. The Silmarillion Writers' Guild is established on Yahoo! Groups and LiveJournal by Dawn Felagund.
- July 27. Dawn Felagund and co-moderator ford_of_bruinen begin recruiting members.
- September. The SWG publishes its first newsletter.
- January 5. Discussion begins on the SWG's Yahoo! group about setting up a website and fiction archive .
- June 12. digdigil joins the moderation team.
- April 1. The SWG website opens .
- May. SWG moderators and volunteers begin beta-testing the archive .
- May 23. Tárion Anaróre joins the moderation team.
- June 6. The SWG archive is opened for public contributions .
- July. The SWG sponsors their first summer event, the Seven in '07 project, a compilation of fanworks about the Fëanorians.
- September 15. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Silmarillion, the SWG hosts a writing contest.
- September 25. Rhapsody the Bard joins the moderation team.
- March. For the group's third Back to Middle-earth Month, the SWG compiles contributed fanworks for the year's theme The Circles of the World. This establishes the Back to Middle-earth Month event as a participatory event for writers and artists on the SWG.
- July. The SWG Yellow Pages open, providing a directory of Tolkien- and writing-related groups.
- August. Akallabêth in August debuts as one of the group's monthly writing challenges.
- December. Angelica Ramses joins the moderation team .
- March. The fourth-annual Back to Middle-earth Month event commences with the theme "Influences." Members are provided with a daily challenge that encourages them to reflect on their own experiences when creating their responses  . The LotR GenFic Community (later Many Paths to Tread) also promotes this challenge for the first time.
- August. SWG authors and artists create a compilation of fanworks for Akallabêth in August in order to retell the history of the Second Age  .
- January. The SWG participates in the Help Haiti auction .
- March. The fifth-annual Back to Middle-earth Month is undertaken by the SWG and Many Paths to Tread. The event's theme is The Last Battle; the event asks members to create stories and artwork based on challenges uncovered as part of an interactive game format.
- August. The SWG celebrates its fifth birthday with an event inviting members to suggest themes and awards (tokens). All members have the opportunity to submit work for the themed compilations and award tokens to favorite stories and authors  .
- November. The Library of Tirion opens to provide a section of the site for archiving older Silmarillion-based fanworks.
- March. The SWG and Many Paths to Tread compile a series of daily challenges for the sixth-annual Back to Middle-earth Month. The theme is Passport to Middle-earth with a daily location-based challenge and customized passports for participants.
- April 12. The SWG opens a Dreamwidth community by request of several members after chronic denial of service attacks on LiveJournal.
- May. Work begins on a redesign of the site layout and establishment of an art gallery .
- June 21. The three-month Season of Writing Dangerously event begins.
- March 1. Russandol joins the moderation team .
- March. The SWG, Many Paths to Tread, and the DeviantArt community Arda Inspired host the seventh-annual Back to Middle-earth Month with the theme Bingo Baggins' BINGO Bash. This is the Back to Middle-earth Month with the highest level of participation to date, with 88 participants signed up.
- November. The SWG archive begins accepting podfic .